Newfoundland authors Megan Gail Coles and Michael Crummey have been shortlisted for the 2019 Giller Prize.
Coles, originally from Savage Cove, was selected for her debut novel, “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club,” published by House of Anansi Press.
Crummey, a product of Buchans, got in for his novel, “The Innocents,” published by Doubleday Canada.
Also making the shortlist are Alix Ohlin for her novel Dual Citizens, published by House of Anansi Press; Steven Price for his novel Lampedusa, published by McClelland & Stewart; David Bezmozgis for his short story collection Immigrant City, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.; and Ian Williams for his novel Reproduction, published by Random House Canada.
A total of 117 works of literature were submitted this year for consideration.
The shortlist was selected by a five-member jury panel: Canadian authors Donna Bailey Nurse, Randy Boyagoda (jury chair) and Canadian playwright José Teodoro, joined by Scottish-Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna and Bosnian-American author Aleksandar (Sasha) Hemon.
The 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, hosted by Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden, will air on Monday, Nov. 18th, on CBC at 9 p.m., (ET) CBC Radio One at 9 p.m. (ET) and will be livestreamed at CBCBooks.ca.
Founded by the late Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 to honour his wife Doris Giller, the Giller Prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists.